In response to Dilworth confronts latest building battle (Sept. 25):
Seize this chance to redevelop vacant buildings in Dilworth
The question is not should there be retail on the edge of Dilworth, but why must it be on this parcel?
On the corner opposite the proposed Walgreens there is a crumbling concrete and brick office building that has been vacant for half of its 50 years. A few blocks away is an empty urban-designed big box with high-traffic adjacent neighbors.
We need to establish an ethic that redevelopment is better than destroying the beautiful, or merely quaint, for the temporarily utilitarian.
William C. Barnes
Council ignored neighborhood plan in approving apartments
Monday night Charlotte City Council ignored the SouthPark Small Area Plan and in a 10-1 vote allowed the Woodfield apartment project to proceed.
The project, which failed to meet any of the Small Area Plan requirements in terms of height, density, traffic and green/open space, sets a dangerous precedent. Council member Patsy Kinsey voted against it. Nine others, including our Barclay Downs area representative, ignored this covenant.
Beware, Charlotte neighborhood, you could be next.
In response to Prices soar as hospitals dominate cancer market (Sept. 23):
Push to privatize everything
in sight has severe downsides
After more than three decades in business, I deeply value our free enterprise system.
But Sundays piece on soaring prices of cancer treatment as hospitals take over the market, point out all too auspiciously the dangers of privatizing every possible community service.
When communities you and me no longer have significant influence over medical care, police protection, public education, water and air quality, roads and transportation other than to pay the soaring prices that free enterprise demands it will be too late to alter the outcomes.
Were giving away the farm! Surely were smarter than that!
In response to Bible-believing Christians are turning against the poor (Sept. 24 Forum);
Where does it say government should be provider of charity?
As a Christian and a Libertarian, I see no inconsistency in both rejecting legalized theft by the State and embracing personal, private charity.
After all, we are called to give to those in need in secret Matthew 6:4. And there is not one line in the Bible requiring charity to be done through government.
Kris A. Wampler
In response to Leonard Pitts For Obama, more of the same old hate (Sept. 23 Opinion):
I disagree with Pitts; votes against Obama based on facts
The reason I, along with many, will vote against President Obama has to do with real facts.
Unemployment is the highest since the Great Depression. Gasoline is approaching $4 per gallon. Our New Beginning foreign policy has not been successful. We have a higher percentage of people depending on food stamps and unemployment benefits then ever before.
The current administration has forgotten what made this country great. Capitalism, not socialism. If you give a person a fish, they have food for a day, if you teach them to fish, they have food for a lifetime.
Mike Van Glish
Romneys taxes a non-issue; greater issue is U.S. tax code
Mitt Romney paid the taxes he owed based on U.S. tax code. If you dont like it then call your Congressman to have the tax code changed. He did nothing illegal, and if the IRS should find he owes more, Im sure they will contact him.
If you are not paying enough you are free to send the IRS a check for an extra donation. Im sure President Obama would be grateful.
In response to Capitalism and government are friends, not competitors (Sept. 20 Viewpoint):
Government shouldnt create markets, just facilitate them
The idea that governments create markets is patently absurd. If I bake good bread, people buy it and a market is created Adam Smiths Unseen Hand.
The only appropriate role for government is to make sure the consumer gets what he pays for and the producer gets paid. The Erie canal did not create the market; it merely facilitated it.
Like other successful QBs,
Cam needs time to mature
Be patient with Cam Newton.
In his first two years, hes just learning the game on the professional level. In year three his NFL quarterback persona will have more maturity no more hiding under that towel. In year four hell be even better and the front office will, hopefully, have the players in place that are needed to bring home a Super Bowl championship.
Doubtful? Check out Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and youll see the same pattern.
Oneal R. Wallace